Jan. 22, 2009


Kate Pancero


Get out there and play

Start your engines and race over to McCormick Place for the World of Wheels Auto Show this weekend. Your little—and big—car lovers will rejoice at the more than 400 custom cars and 100 custom motorcycles.


This isn’t just your run-of-the-mill car show—although custom creations include muscle cars, street rods and racing cars—you’ll have a chance to check out the Batmobile from the original “Batman” TV series, the 1980’s “Knight Rider” K.I.T.T. Firebird, the Monkee Mobile from TV’s “The Monkees” and the Drag-U-La from TV’s “The Munsters.” Original Monkee Mickey Dolenz will make a special appearance, as will Wolf and Venom from “American Gladiators.”


The World of Wheels Auto Show takes place at McCormick Place–East, 23rd Place and Lake Shore Drive, Chicago. Show hours are 3-10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $16, $5 kids 11 and under. For more information and a full schedule, call (708) 361-2665 or visit worldofwheels.com.


Sweet prize

One lucky Chicago Parent reader will win a prize pack featuring that little yellow sponge guy who lives in a pineapple under the sea. The SpongeBob SquarePants prize pack features “SpongeBob SquarePants: Spongicus” on DVD Jan. 27 and other recent SpongeBob releases, including “SpongeBob SquarePants: Season 5, Volume 2” and “SpongeBob SquarePants: WhoBob WhatPants” on DVD. The package also includes a SpongeBob backpack and a SpongeBob SquarePants Lego set. For more information, visit www.nick.com/shows/spongebob_squarepants/index.html. To win, visit our discussion board.


Get out there and play some more

Mush your family over to the Morton Arboretum this weekend for Husky Heroes. Meet Siberian husky sled dogs and watch dogsled and skijoring demonstrations. Skijoring is cross country skiing while sled dogs pull the person. If you’re interested in adding a pet to your family, you can also sign up to be considered for adoption and/or fostering a Siberian husky. Most demonstrations occur throughout the day, but check the Web site for a full schedule. The Morton Arboretum is located at 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle, and is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. This event is free with museum admission: $11, $10 seniors, $8 kids 2-17, free kids under 2. Parking is free. For more information, call (630) 968-0074 or visit mortonarb.org.


Piece of the prize

This week, six lucky Chicago Parent readers will win a Qubits building kit. Recommended for ages 5 and up, each kit comes with 36 Qubits, 36 connectors and 18 bridges. Qubits retail for $29.99. For more information, visit qubits.com. To win, visit our discussion board.

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